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Help a mole mine for gems in this fun puzzle game.

We've reviewed quite a few puzzle games, and in particular, the match-three games seem to be quite popular. In these games, players must match three items of the same color to clear them from the board and earn points. Diamond Drop 2 is a fun variation on this theme that we hadn't seen before. It takes the basic premise of match-three and adds a story featuring various kinds of anthropomorphic wildlife and an assortment of fun twists. We found it charming and fun.

Users should be aware that in order to play Diamond Drop 2, they must first download the Free Ride Player, a game manager that will automatically download Diamond Drop 2. Although the Free Ride Player Download is only 720K, the actual game is 32MB--not quite as lightweight as you may have been led to believe. The Free Ride Player will also install three desktop icons without permission, and users will be subject to all kinds of advertising; there's a video you have to watch before you can play your game, the game itself is surrounded by banner ads that are annoying and occasionally interfere with the game's performance, and periodically your game will be interrupted by a 20-second video ad. If you're willing to put up with all of that, Diamond Drop 2 is actually a lot of fun to play. The main character is Gary, a mole who makes a living mining various gems. Users help Gary by collecting at least two gems of the same color and then throwing them back up at a third matching gem. Gary then makes jewelry from the gems and sells it to various animal townsfolk; users advance to the next level when Gary's safe is full of coins that he's earned from the sale of his jewelry. Gary can also use his earnings to purchase various tools and accessories that benefit his business, and between each level he has amusing encounters with various animal citizens of his town. Overall, we thought that Diamond Drop 2 was cute and a lot of fun to play, and we recommend it.

Diamond Drop 2 installs the aforementioned desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

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